A Bit About Me
I was born in Cambridge England, moved to the south east of England when I was seven, and have been living in Dover since 1980
I joined the GPO, (General Post Office, now BT) when I was sixteen as an apprentice telephone engineer and stayed with them, until 1995 when I took advantage of their voluntary redundancy scheme and started making miniatures full time.
I became interested in miniatures through my father Kenneth Bird, sadly now deceased, who painted the most amazing miniature water colours. I went along to the London Dollshouse Festival one year where he had a stand, thinking as a lot of people probably do that dolls houses were just for little girls. I was fascinated by what I found there and as I've always been interested in modelmaking and already had a small lathe, I came home and started making a few items just for fun.
My first fair was at Dorking where I only had two different items, some chairs and tables, and I didn't sell a thing. Over the last 25 years I have increased my range, although not as much as I would have liked, and have sold to customers from all over the world. I have also done numerous commissions of one off items. 2016 is going to be my last year making miniatures though. I think 25 years is long enough and there are other things I like to do while I am still able.